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Nova announce lightweight Mentor 5

Nova announce lightweight Mentor 5

The lightweight version of Nova’s EN-B Mentor 5 is out now. It’s 25% lighter than the Mentor 5, and packs down small (with no need for fussy concertina-packing – bonus!) Nova say they see the Mentor 5 Light as an everyday wing, and offer it with the same three-year guarantee as the rest of their range, as […]

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21st Hang Gliding World Championships: 10-20 Aug 2017

21st Hang Gliding World Championships: 10-20 Aug 2017

The Hang Gliding World Championships are on in Brasilia, Brazil, from 10-20 August 2017, with 130 of the world’s best pilots competing for the title. After five good +100km tasks in week 1, Alex Ploner (IT) is leading the pack, just 20 points ahead of France’s Mario Alonzi. Christian Ciech (IT) is in third. Follow […]

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Adventure Pluma featherweight paramotor

Adventure Pluma featherweight paramotor

Adventures’s Pluma foot-launch PPG is made from carbon fibre and weighs just 2.65kg, including mobile swinging arms and cage. Manufactured with technologies used by the aerospace industry, using high-performance lasercut Prepreg (pre-impregnated) carbon fibre processed in an autoclave for a guarantee of quality and strength. The Pluma has passed the resistance test (EAPR) at 15G […]

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Sky Apollo Bi tandem cross-country paraglider

Sky Apollo Bi tandem cross-country paraglider

Sky’s latest tandem, the Apollo Bi, is an EN-C glider for cross-country pilots.  It’s part of Sky’s Sport-Line of wings, and is intended for the recreational rather than the commercial market, so the design priorities were different than for the Metis 3. Designer Alexandre Paux explains: “Traditionally, when I create a tandem glider, I pay a […]

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Apco release NRG Pro II slalom racing PPG wing

Apco release NRG Pro II slalom racing PPG wing

Apco have unleashed the NRG Pro II, their new slalom racing PPG wing. “It’s the rebel brother of the NRG XC II”, they say.   It was designed to be fast and manoeuvrable, and to be flown aggressively for racing round pylons. The NRG Pro II is a full-reflex wing with 2-D steering and HIT […]

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Manfred Ruhmer wins Class 2 World Championships

Manfred Ruhmer wins Class 2 World Championships

Manfred Ruhmer has won the Class 2 Hang Gliding World Championships for a record seventh time.  The 20th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 2 Championships was held in Aspres-sur-Buech, France, from 26 July to 6 August 2017. Eight pilots took part in the Class 2 competition, which was battled out over eight long tasks of […]

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Julian Robinson wins first round of British PG Championships 2017

Julian Robinson wins first round of British PG Championships 2017

Julian Robinson won the first round of the 2017 British Paragliding Championships 2017. The competition was held over the week of 22-28 July and based at Tewkesbury in the UK. The British weather was not kind, and only one valid task was managed. The scores, with only one task, were very close, a single point […]

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New Cross Country Hitching Signs in the XC Shop

New Cross Country Hitching Signs in the XC Shop

The XC Retrieve Sign will significantly increase your chances of getting home quickly. Basically, it explains that you’re a stranded paraglider pilot and not Norman Bates from Psycho. Invaluable! In tests we’ve found a lot of drivers have picked pilots up who wouldn’t normally stop for hitchhikers, and the sign has made the difference. The […]

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Théo de Blic wins Acro Game 2017

Théo de Blic wins Acro Game 2017

Cross Country mag columnist Théo de Blic won the second Acro Game – for the second time! The 2017 competition took place in Organyá, Spain at the end of July. Théo shared the podium with Horacio Llorens, whose brainchild the competition is, in second and François Ragolski in third. Acro Game takes place over two […]

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Looping Green and Blue: Independence’s reversible harnesses

Looping Green and Blue: Independence’s reversible harnesses

Independence have updated their reversible lightweight paraglider harness, releasing the Looping Green and Looping Blue. designed for hike-and-fly and thermalling, the Looping Green and Looping Blue weigh just 3.1kg in the M size. The difference between them lies in the harness strap system: The Looping Green has a Get-Up system, where the leg and chest […]

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Advance announce Pi Bi for autumn 2017

Advance announce Pi Bi for autumn 2017

Advance have announced the lightweight Pi will be available in a tandem version – the Pi Bi – from Autumn 2017.  The Bi Pi will be 37m², and will take all-up weights from 100-180kg. The small-packing canopy will weigh just 4.9kg. Designed for hike-and-fly with friends and family Advance say the Pi Bi offers fun, […]

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Skywalk Cult 4 paraglider harness

Skywalk Cult 4 paraglider harness

Skywalk’s new Cult 4 is an all-round paraglider harness. They say it’s an uncomplicated design with lots of inbuilt safety features. It weighs less than 4kg, but Skywalk say it’s made from high-quality and robust materials to ensure a long-lasting product. A new load-distribution frame ensures the pilot is always well supported, and Skywalk say […]

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Paragliding World Champions 2017: Pierre Rémy and Seiko Fukuoka Naville

Paragliding World Champions 2017: Pierre Rémy and Seiko Fukuoka Naville

Pierre Rémy and Seiko Fukuoka Naville from France are Paragliding’s new World Champions!   The 15th FAI Paragliding World Championships was held in Monte Avena, Italy, from 1 to 15 July and saw ten valid tasks scored, ranging in distance from 45.3km to 117.2km. France dominated the podiums, with the previous World Champion Honorin Hamard finishing […]

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Cross Country Subscribers’ Draw: And the winner is…

Cross Country Subscribers’ Draw: And the winner is…

Congratulations to Andrew Williams (UK), winner of the Cross Country Subscribers’ Draw. He wins a brand new Skywalk Range X-Alps 2 harness – one of the first ones off the production line. The Cross Country Subscribers’ Draw was held from 1-15 July 2017 to celebrate a packed two weeks in paragliding – the Paragliding World […]

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Victory flights

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Victory flights

Chrigel Maurer and Benoit Outters fly down from Peille to celebrate the end of the Red Bull X-Alps 2017

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Day 11 and 12 Highlight Clip

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Day 11 and 12 Highlight Clip

Chrigel Maurer makes goal, Benoit Outters goes into ultra-marathon mode, and Paul Guschlbauer pushes, pushes, pushes from behind

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Ozone Sirocco 2 lightweight PPG wing

Ozone Sirocco 2 lightweight PPG wing

Ozone released the Sirocco 2 full-reflex PPG wing in June 2017. It’s a lightweight version of the Speedster 2, and weighs 1.5kg less on average. It has Ozone’s shark profile, an enhanced internal structure and a new 2D steering system. Ozone say it retains the same levels of comfort, performance, speed and stability as the […]

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Day Ten Highlight Clip

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Day Ten Highlight Clip

It’s a mad, mad, race. Day 10 saw the competition divide – in the front in the tropical heat of an Italian summer were Chrigel MAurer and Benoit Outters, pounding it out on pavement. Behind, the chasing pack were in the high alpine cool of the Matterhorn.

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Jan Sterren flies record 350km in the Alps

Jan Sterren flies record 350km in the Alps

Jan Sterren flew what we think is a record 354.54km in the Alps on 5 July 2017. He was flying an Ozone Enzo 2, and was in the air for more than 11 hours. Jan, who is Swiss, took off from Plan Praz, Chamonix, France shortly after 10am and flew east along the length of […]

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Tom Payne: ‘All dig deep in the closing act of the X-Alps’

Tom Payne: ‘All dig deep in the closing act of the X-Alps’

Perhaps we were all softened by 2015. Back then, with good weather and a route through the mountains, 19 of the 32 athletes who started in Salzburg completed the 1,038km course to arrive in Peille overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Chrigel Maurer’s personal record for Salzburg to Monaco is 6 days, 23 hours, and 40 minutes, […]

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